Cyprus Lawmakers Upset Over Asylum Bill Banning Deportations

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, a migrant from Syria rests at a refugee camp in Kokkinotrimithia outside of Nicosia, Cyprus. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA – An asylum bill amendment that would prohibit automatic deportations from Cyprus for refugees seeking sanctuary because they fear for their lives has Members of Parliament angry they are being circumvented.

Philenews reported the legislation is designed to clarify current immigration law so that a deportation order is struck down automatically if the applicant has a pending asylum case. This comes after many cases were reported where asylum seekers in Cyprus had been unlawfully deported.

An amendment has a provision allowing an administrative court to introduce regulations bypassing the deportation ban in cases deemed necessary at its sole discretion, although that had been ruled unconstitutional by the administrative court, the report said.

It noted that Cyprus has lost cases in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) where  judges found the state violated rights of asylum seekers to seek protection in cases where they had expressed fear of persecution, torture, threat to life or freedom because of human rights violations or armed conflict.

Reports said legislators sought to strike a balance between affording rights to asylum seekers and stopping abuse of the system for the time being.

2 Comments

  1. Who writes these stories for TNH… when it seems to conceal from the people …who actually is actually telling the people of Cyprus that they do not have control of their deportation policies!

    Call it like it is TNH… the EU dictatorship and parliament is again telling the people of Cyrus like Hungary, Austria, Italy etc, what their rights and there elected leaders are!

    TNH is clearly a member of some of the fraudulent Greek american secret societies who are really Mason Fronts for the U.S Aristocracy …or Secret Society that now ..owns our Country ..and would support the EU ..as long as it continues to represent US interests and policies!

    Therefore, TNH continues to conceal information which does not offend his masters in Washington and Brussels…all white supremacist Aristocrats who considers the populace of the countries of Europe as enemies, because they demand compliance to their national interests , not the interest and mandates of a bunch of un elected Aristocratic International communist!

    Keep in mind ..these are the same guys ..who believe they are entitled to overturn the legitimate leader of Venezuela..elected by 67% of the populace of Venezuela ..and get this …tell the populace who they choose to be their leader!

    All this, While Macron of France, has been subject to massive protest for the last 20 week for him to be removed as their leader!

    Cyprus and Greece, join Britain, and probably Hungary, Austria and Italy ..out of EU !

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